This Freecell.net game site makes a modest amount of money. But I continue to view it as a hobby and am fortunate enough to not really need the modest coinage that this does bring in.
As such, my business partner Mike Heins and I have decided to devote all of the profits to charitable organizations. How much is "all"? Am I going to completely open my books? No, sorry, it's a hobby, I'm not that organized. But you are safe assuming that most of the money I bring in will go to good causes.
Update: Nov 5, 2017
I've done the annual donations. Total is now $168,000 from your clicking. Thanks!
Update: Jan 1, 2017
I was late doing my giving for 2016. Hope the IRS will understand the 1 day difference (but I'm not optimistic.) Anyhow, another $12,000, total is now $156,000 from your clicking. Thanks!
Update: Sep 25, 2015
Another $12,000, total is now $144,000.
Update: Nov 3, 2014
$12,000 donation, no matching this year because I no longer work at that wonderfully generous company Microsoft. Thanks for all the good years, Microsoft. Total is now $132,000. P.S. I now do my nerd thing for a little local medical software company STC.
Update: Sep 9, 2013
Another $12,000 donation just went out bringing the total $77,000. With matching I'll estimate we've given about $120,000 thanks to Microsoft's generosity.
Update: June 22, 2012
Another $12,000 donation just went out bringing the total $65,000. Microsoft has a new matching system and I think it'll be hard for folks to slip through the cracks, so we can figure $24,000 went to needy causes this year. So I'm going to guess we've given about $95,000 thanks to Microsoft's generous matching.
Donations to date: $53000, Microsoft matches up to 100% but not all charities seem to have taken advantage of that and I didn't start submitting for matching until 2010, so maybe the total is around $71000.
We sponsor a child in Chile and have actually visited and seen the great work they do first hand. They're very light on the religion and very focused on really helping with health, housing, food, education, etc. all while making sure not to trample local custom and culture.
To the right there are a pics of Angela from 2004 and also a pic of Angela from 2015.
And as for all you players out there, you can at least take comfort from the fact that for every ad you view or click on in the course of pursuing your Freecell addiction, you're at least doing some good for some cause somewhere!